October 7th, 2015

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The 2015-2016 Blueprints College Access Initiative launched throughout the state in September.

Blueprints has guided more than 3,200 Alabama high school students to plan, prepare, and  pursue  postsecondary education since 2009. 

Blueprints teams high school students with near-  peer mentors to help them make decisions about  their postsecondary options and support them  through the college admissions process. Mentors  follow a curriculum that covers topics such as paying for college, career options, studying skills, and resume writing. 

Lt. Col. Gloria Dunklin, JROTC teacher at  Ramsay High School, states that one of her favorite components of Blueprints is the college mentors “because they are close to the high school students’ age, and they are able to share college experience.” 

Hillcrest High School 9th grade student Sarah Taylor says, “I really like how we’re learning about the realities of college without it being in a condescending way.”

Thank you to all of our high school and higher education partners. Your collaboration and dedication to students makes Blueprints a success. The Blueprints team is looking forward to a great year.

Above: Montevallo High School 11th graders complete activities in their Blueprints portfolios with their mentors from the University of Montevallo Social Work program.